Taylor Swift shared a surprise announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and on her socials this morning that her new version of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” is done and will be available soon. It has 26 songs including six never-before-released songs from the vault. Also, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” is out tonight.
She posted a message to her fans and, at the end, said, “This process has been more fulfilling and emoTional than I could’ve imagined and made me even more determined to re-record all my music. i Hope you’ll like this first outing as much as I liked traveling back in time to recreate it.”
Swift is currently making her way up the country charts with “no body, no crime” from her “evermore” album.
Feb. 12 update:
As the clock struck midnight, Swift released the rerecording of “Love Story.” The new version of the song, which was first heard in a commercial for Match.com, leads the rerelease of her 2008 album, “Fearless,” available April 9 (which was teased in an Easter egg in a posted message to fans yesterday).
She says of “Love Story,” a song she wrote when she was 17, “I think it involved teenage angst. I think I was mad at my parents for not letting me go on a date or something, and it also is a good example of what a hopeless romantic I was and still am. I really loved the story of Romeo and Juliet, except for the ending because that was just like too devastating to process. So, I changed the ending in the song and I’ve just ever since been so honored by the fact that people have celebrated this song so much. I feel really lucky that people responded to it the way that they did and continue to.”
Swift was able to merge two of her worlds in rerecording the new track (and album).
“One fun thing about rerecording ‘Love Story’ is that I really wanted my touring band to get a chance to play on this version, because you know a lot of them have spent years playing this song over and over again,” she said. “So, it was really important to me to have my band, who I’ve toured with and shared a stage with for so many years playing on the record. But we also have Jonathan Yudkin, the original fiddle player. We’ve got Caitlin Evanson, the original backup vocalist; and I think it’s really, really great that it’s a combination of the originals and people who have been sweating on stages with me for over a decade.”
The new version of Swift’s “Fearless” album will include six newly recorded tracks the global superstar had written around the same time she wrote and recorded songs for the 2008 release.